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  • What Has Two Thumbs, Neither of Which Are Green?

    I bought a bonsai tree last winter for my office. Two weeks later, all that remained were the branches. Today, it holds a lone Christmas ornament that I’ve decided to display year-round. I don’t have what you would call a ‘green thumb.’ My inability to care for plants and trees is especially upsetting to my father, who, when he isn’t molding young minds as a middle school English teacher, spends...
  • Plan For Success Part 2: The 5 Building Blocks Of Promotional Marketing Strategy

    Having a strategic plan for your promotional marketing programs is essential for success. In fact, strategic plans play a vital role in the marketing of your multi-family property—from saving time and money to creating message cohesion and improving program creativity. Building a strategy into your marketing plans from the beginning also allows you to better target your audience, separate...
  • Pure Energy: Saving Millions on Apartment Operating Costs

    Take a quick guess at what the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends 13 percent of its annual agency budget on. Here's a hint: the line item adds up to $6.4 billion. Give up? That's the amount the agency foots for operating costs attributable to energy and water consumption at the nation's public and assisted housing communities. If you think that's a lot,...
  • 7 Ways You Can Avoid Getting Trampled

    I refuse to participate in Black Friday. (They already have Halloween candy out in stores, so I'm allowed to talk about November.) For starters, I have no interest in being trampled to death outside of a Walmart. That plasma TV is swell and all, but I’d sooner keep my extremities intact.  I also have very little patience for shoppers with very little patience. Additionally, I will never...

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